The San Jose Sharks did accomplish something significant in the 2009-10 NHL season.
For what it's worth, they are no longer the biggest choke artists in hockey. That title belongs to the Washington Capitals.
And while that clearly isn't enough for San Jose's fan base to completely rejoice in, the reality is that they did overcome some demons in this postseason.
You don't just beat the Detroit Red Wings in a playoff series and shrug it off as another collapse.
If anything, this year's postseason should have proved to both the team and the fans that any curse placed on the Sharks is now broken.
Yes, the Sharks are allowed to get past the second round and yes, they can beat the best of the best.
While they did get swept in the Conference Final, it wasn't as if they were thoroughly dominated. In fact, you could make the case that goaltending aside; they out-played Chicago in three of the four games.
So cool you're jets Sharks fans that are calling for even, dare I say it, Dan Boyle to be traded.
Don't overreact so quickly.
The Sharks have a strong core foundation and only a few tweaks need to be made.
But since there is an almost unlimited amount of possible changes to make before next season begins, it makes no sense to focus on who may or may not be in teal next year.
So I will not be getting into what players Sharks fans might be able to watch game in and game out next season, rather I will discuss some of the players that will for sure be back in teal next season.
After all, despite a large amount of free agents, its not as if the whole team needs to be resigned.
There are plenty of players under contract that will bring more to the table next season.
Without further ado, here are five talented young players who have the ability to make large strides in San Jose next year.